Helping families that have a member in jail or prison will be the focus of a presentation by Linda Davis, the executive director of Loved Ones of Prisoners, at the Thursday (May 23) meeting of the National Alliance on Mental Illness Portage County.
The group meets the second and fourth Thursday each month 7 p.m. at the office of the Mental Health & Recovery Board of Portage County, 155 E. Main St., Kent. The meeting is free and open to the public.
A registered nurse, Davis and her husband Edwin established LOOP in 2012 after their family experience. The goals of the program include helping families to feel less isolated; providing information about services through community agencies and re-entry programs; providing practical information such as visitation regulations; offering special services to children whose parents are incarcerated and assisting families with financial needs when possible. LOOP is a faith-based organization.
NAMI Portage County is a chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness whose members include persons who have a loved one with mental illness, advocates and persons with mental illness, all working together at the community, state and national levels to improve the quality of life for those with mental illness and their families. To learn more about NAMI Portage County go to, www.namiportagecounty.org or find the group on Facebook.
The LOOP Family Ministry is supported through the Hartville Church of God, PO Box 274, Hartville. You can reach Linda Davis at 330-212-6661 or email her from the website at http://www.loopfamilyministry.org.